Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What's to come in 2013

2012 was something else, as I recapped in my last post and even in 2011 there were so many big events.  Now that the wedding is over and life seems to be calming down, I'm hoping for a sense of peace in 2013 and the ability to stick to the things I want to do for myself.

First and foremost, I really need to focus on getting healthy this year.  I have been lying to myself for the last three years about my weight gain, lack of activity and just general poor health.  I can't keep doing this to myself I am far too young to be feeling like such an old woman.  I'm going to look at a new piece of workout equipment on Thursday and hopefully it's just the right addition to my home gym.

I want to work on my work/life balance.  I need to keep my house in better order in order to keep myself sane.  I have been doing a lot better with my cooking, but cleaning, well that's another story.

I want to keep accomplishing things in our home.  We just recently finished the flooring and trim in our mud room and come spring we can start working on the bathroom since the yard needs dug up to fix some drainage issues.  I have some plans for decorating and maybe this will be the year my mom finishes my curtains for the kitchen.

I also want us to focus on saving and getting out of debt.  I know it's not realistic to believe that we will pay off our house this year or my mountain of student debt, but getting out of our "short term debt" would feel great.  I'm anxious to see what my tax return is this year and figure out how to best spend that money.  I've also been actively saving (with no real goal in mind) and hoping that account will come in handy in 2013.

Last but certainly not least, I'm hoping that we will be able to make some decisions about our future: do we want to have kids and when; when would we like to think about moving to a home with more land/space; what things would we like to accomplish in the next five years and what is our goal for completing the house.  All of these are things we have talked about a million times but I want to see all of our goals on paper.

So how am I going to accomplish these things?

Fitness: we are starting a weight loss challenge at work tomorrow so that will be a good start for my motivation.  I want to be more active at least three days a week starting out, watch my carbs and desserts and see how things go for a month.  

Work/Life balance: We've instituted 7-8pm chore time in our house but fell off the wagon around Christmas.  We will be starting this up again next week so we can get this place in order again.

House/Debt/Five Year Plan: I know all of those things will come with time.

I'm looking forward to 2013 and hoping it will be amazing and counting down the days to our mini-vacation in Hocking Hills in February!


Unknown said...

Yeah, I wish we could work out together! It would be great! All of those plans are good. I need to do more financial planning stuff. I'd like for us to be in a house by the time I'm 30, but I don't know if that's realistic. Maybe when I'm 31 or 32. Anyway, good luck with everything!

Rachel said...

Hopefully I can master the work-life balance too. Such a struggle!